UN Security Council passes resolution to enhance critical infrastructure protection
- Published: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:08
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member United Nation’s Security Council has reiterated the need to strengthen efforts to improve security and protection of critical infrastructure.
The Security Council recognized that attacks against objects and sectors such as banking and finance, telecommunications, emergency services, air, maritime and rail transportation, and energy and water supply – perceived as ‘attractive targets’ for terrorist groups – can result not only in civilian casualties, but also damage property on a large scale, disrupt proper functioning of public services, and create chaos in societies.
Such attacks may also cause widespread environmental damage, as well as significantly undermine national defence capabilities.
In the resolution, the Security Council also underscored the importance of partnerships at all levels and with public and private stakeholders. It called upon UN Member States “to share information […] to prevent, protect, mitigate, investigate, respond to and recover from damage from terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, including through joint training, and use or establishment of relevant communication or emergency warning networks.”The resolution was adopted at an open Security Council debate on vulnerabilities, interdependencies and capabilities and the cascading impacts of terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure, as well as measures to prevent them.